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Thread and circuses: performing in the spaces of city and nation in <i>A Fine Balance</i>

Peter Morey

in Rohinton Mistry

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780719067143
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700587 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719067143.003.0004
Thread and circuses: performing in the spaces of city and nation in A Fine Balance

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This chapter focuses on A Fine Balance, a novel that further pursues the themes of political decline and personal moral responsibility. It notes that although these themes were previously addressed in Such a Long Journey, A Fine Balance, unlike its predecessor, addresses these them on an epic scale. The chapter shows that this novel tests the fabric of the nation through a group of characters caught up in the dangerous delirium of a paranoid political regime.

Keywords: Fine Balance; political decline; personal moral responsibility; political regime

Chapter.  10877 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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